It was a long, generally uneventful final round on Sunday at the Players Championship, but that won’t matter much to young South Korean Si Woo Kim. The 21-year-old – who is the youngest member of the US PGA Tour – won one of the most prestigious tournaments in golf, the second victory of his career in only his second appearance at TPC Sawgrass.
Kim, who won the Wyndham Championship last August, won against one of the best fields in golf by three shots. Kim seemed to be battling back issues for much of the day, but still posted a bogey-free, three-under 69. All three birdies came on the front nine, while on the back nine he displayed a phenomenal short game that allowed him to coast to victory. Prior to this week he had registered just one top-10 finish this season, and it came in his first event last October at the CIMB Classic.
Finishing in a tie for second at seven-under were Englishman Ian Poulter and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen. Poulter wasn’t even expecting to be playing this week. Oosthuizen, meanwhile, stumbled to a one-over 73. He’s still yet to win on US soil and has been runner-up now at a Masters, US Open, British Open and Players Championship.
Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello provided excitement on Sunday with the first-ever albatross on the par-5 16th. He followed that up with a birdie on the 17th and an off-the-green par save on 18th to earn him his best finish of the season at T-4.
The leading Australian was 2004 winner Adam Scott, who closed with a two-under 70 to share sixth place at five-under.